Foundation programmes

Foundation programmes

If you do not have the qualifications, study skills or English language ability you need to take the degree of your choice, you can apply for one of our foundation programmes.

We offer two types of foundation programme: an honours degree with a foundation year and the International Foundation Programme (IFP).

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a level 3 foundation year and an equivalent qualification to A levels. It's designed for international students, and allows you to bridge the gap between your current knowledge and qualifications, and future study at undergraduate level.

We offer guaranteed progression to a range of undergraduate courses at Kent once you have met the progression requirements for your degree. Kent's undergraduate degrees are some of the best in the UK, designed to challenge you, and take your studies to the highest level.

Degrees with a foundation year

A degree with a foundation year is a subject-specific programme for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required. It offers one year of full-time study prior to a particular undergraduate degree.

You can apply for one of these programmes if you have a minimum of two passes at A level, or another recognised post-GCSE qualification, but not in the subject areas needed for your chosen degree. You can also apply if you did not obtain high enough grades or you don’t have the necessary standard of English.